Will Brexit Hurt International Cyber-Security?

The Brexit shock continues to reverberate throughout the global economic and policy worlds. Andrea Limbago from the security company Endgame responds to a poll showing that most security professionals have concerns about Brexit:

Will it weaken cybersecurity because of additional bureaucratic hurdles to information sharing with the EU, as well limited cross-national collaboration in fighting cyber criminals? There is also concern about the possibility of a brain drain — in-demand security talent pool fleeing the UK — which could increasingly impact security and data protection.

Limbago suggests tech workers in Britain’s financial sector may feel the impact, “with Bitcoin surging and the pound dropping…. London’s role as the financial hub is now threatened thanks to the Brexit, the rise of digital currencies, and the EU’s move toward greater digital integration.” And there’s also the possibility of “a push for digital sovereignty and greater national control over the Internet.” But another poll found that 64% of information security professionals didn’t think Brexit would affect Britain’s ability to defend against cyber-attacks. Can security professionals continue their inter-nation cooperation, elevating data and security concerns over new administrative differences between Europe and the U.K.?


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